The Camden Conference and the Auburn Public Library invite you to a talk by Dr. Anita Charles. In this talk, Dr. Charles will discuss her experiences in India, particularly focused on topics of social justice around gender, caste, and disability. She will give details of a research project around inclusion and disability in Indian schools and will share anecdotal stories and pictures of her time in India.
“Most of India's 1.2 billion people inhabit villages. Teenager Renu and her upper caste family live in Rankhandi, one of these villages (100 miles north of Delhi). LEAVING HOME is their story. Renu wants to become a big-city teacher. Instead, after a traditional marriage Renu must move to her husband’s village and hope her daughter’s dreams eventually will be fulfilled. Leaving Home is about rural life, castes, weddings, marriage, sex, abuse, family—and change. As the film unfolds, restrictions on the rights of village girls and women may shock the Western viewer. Many in our culture may consider Renu's way of life one step removed from slavery. But all of this is ‘normal’ in Rankhandi.” (from Kanopy.com)
“Sharing borders with six countries and spanning a geography that extends from Pakistan to Myanmar, India is the world’s largest democracy and second-most populous country. It is also the site of the world’s biggest crisis of statelessness, as it strips citizenship from hundreds of thousands of its people – especially those living in disputed border regions. … In this stunning work of narrative reportage … we hear from those whose stories are never told…” (from book jacket)